The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Because many people are traveling long distances, the chances of being involved in an auto accident increase. The roads are busier, the weather is sometimes poor and alcohol consumption is frequently involved.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are certain precautions you can take to ensure your safety and that of other drivers:

  • Get your car inspected. Making sure that your car is up to safety protocols is always a good idea, but it is especially important in the winter. During cold or snowy weather, you don’t want your car to break down or malfunction and cause an accident.
  • Avoid distracted driving. You should always avoid distractions while driving, including texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking or anything that takes your attention away from the road. This is no different during the holidays.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol consumption rises during the holidays because of parties and celebrations. If you do drink, either make arrangements to stay over at the place you are drinking or ensure you have a designated driver.
  • Avoid speeding. The holidays can be stressful. You are in a hurry to get home and you are excited to arrive. This frequently leads to speeding, which can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.

The holidays should be a time of happiness for you and your family. Don’t let reckless behavior turn the holidays into a tragedy. Drive safely and smartly.

If you have been involved in an auto accident during the holidays, contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney today.